Experience the Magic of Autumn

April is a wonderful time to visit Glen Innes Highlands to witness the countryside resplendent in hues of yellow, orange and red during the peak of autumn.

It's also a popular time for holidaymakers, with Queensland school holidays beginning Monday 3 April and ending Friday 14 April, and NSW school holidays beginning Monday 10 April and ending Friday 21 April. 

Easter is celebrated from Good Friday 7 April, to Easter Monday 10 April. And Tuesday 25 April marks ANZAC Day.  

There's so much to see and do in the region, with attractions, activities and events to suit all ages, interests and budgets.

Read on for ideas to inspire your next visit. And check out our website for more things to see and do in Glen Innes Highlands.

Discover Your Next Adventure
in Glen Innes Highlands
Image credit: Destination NSW

Visit our National Celtic Monument

The Australian Standing Stones are our national monument to Celtic people, past and present. They celebrate the Celtic nations whose descendants contributed to Australian life and reflect the movement of the earth around the sun, an important feature of Celtic life.

Things to Do at the Australian Standing Stones

  • Walk among the stones to the central plaque - There are 38 standing stones, including a circle of 24 stones that represent the 24 hours of the day
  • Check the solar noon shadow markers
  • Try to pull the sword of Excalibur out of the stone
  • Check out the Celtic Family Wall
  • Climb the steps from Tynwald Hill to the Stones’ viewpoint
  • Visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient site of Irish Kings
  • Drive or walk to Martin’s Lookout (400m south) for a view of the town
  • Relax and enjoy Celtic-style refreshments at The Croft cafe and cultural centre
Visit the Australian Standing Stones
Watsons Drive, Glen Innes NSW
Find out more

Experience History

Since it opened its doors more than 50 years ago, the Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre has been steadily growing its collection and now has more than 10,000 local artefacts and 60,000 photographs on display or in storage.

Words and images by Glen Innes-based travel writer, Amanda Woods.
Around 40 volunteers keep the museum running smoothly, including long-time member Eve Chappell who was there when the museum first opened on Australia Day 1970. Eve says it’s hard to pick just one favourite thing out of the museum’s 26 rooms, galleries and sheds, but the Jeannie Ross Fraser Memorial Medical Wing is something everyone should see.
While the museum has always been in the former Glen Innes District Hospital Building, it was only in 2020 that it extended into the heritage-listed hospital’s old operating theatre. Now visitors can see early operating tables and drawers full of instruments that were used in this very space before the hospital moved in 1956.
The wing, which is named after a much-loved patron and life member of the Glen Innes & District Historical Society, also houses an iron lung.
“If you had polio and you couldn’t breathe it would create a vacuum and the pump would force air in and out,” Eve explains. “If the electricity went off, people from the laundry would have to come and manually pump it.” 


For fellow volunteer Debra Marshall the old Glen Innes telephone exchange holds special memories.
“I can remember my aunty working on an exchange like this many years ago. I just love the way they had to remember which prong went into what hole to connect people.”


Meanwhile, you never know where Olga Dawes' favourite thing will turn up. Since joining the museum as a volunteer around five years ago, the former school teacher introduced Find The Beardies, where children can win an iceblock if they can spot all ten of the little beardies around the displays. The cheeky beardies are always moving to keep repeat visitors, and the volunteers, guessing.


Visit the Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre
Cnr West Ave & Ferguson St (Gwydir Hwy west), Glen Innes NSW
Opening hours: 
Mon to Fri: 10.00am to 12noon & 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Weekends: 1.00pm to 4.00pm 
Long weekends & public holidays: 9.00am to 4.00pm 
Find out more

Visit the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre

Pop in and chat with a friendly local at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre to access a wealth of information on all there is to see and do in Glen Innes Highlands. The centre has maps, brochures, displays about local history and attractions, and a variety of items for sale in the shop. 

152 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW

Opening hours:
Mon to Fri: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sat: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Sun: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Upcoming Events
There is always something to look forward to in Glen Innes Highlands, including regular events like movies, theatre productions & open mic nights at the Chapel Theatre, as well as weekend markets in town. To find out about more events, visit our Events Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

Tea, Treat & a Talk

Every Mon
The Croft, The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes

Enjoy a pot of tea (or cup of barista coffee or hot chocolate), a scone, muffin or cake, and an illustrated expert talk on a Celtic topic. $15. Payment on arrival. More info[email protected] or 0421 470 900.

Australian Standing Stones parkrun

Every Sat
8.00am start
The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes
A free, weekly, timed 5k event every Saturday morning. Everyone is welcome to walk, jog, run or volunteer  More info & registration. 

Glen Innes
Cottage Markets

Every Sat in Apr
7.00am to 12.30pm
Lions Park, Cnr East Ave
& Ferguson St, Glen Innes 

Check out this great little community market, with stallholders selling fresh produce, plants, craft, gifts, food, coffee & so much more. More info. 

‘Journey on the Border' Exhibition

Open until Fri 21 Apr
10.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri;
10.00am to 1.00pm Sat
Glen Innes Art Gallery, 71 Grey St, Glen Innes

The Glen Innes Art Gallery proudly represents local artists, hosting exhibitions that reflect our wonderful region and helping artists connect with their audience. More info.

Silversmithing Workshop

Thur 13 Apr
10.00am to 4.00pm
The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
Get across the entire silversmithing process with Richard Moon (resident Silversmith at The Makers Shed) as your guide, from designing your piece through to cutting, soldering, heating, cold-connecting, fold-forming, bezel-setting and polishing. Book now. 

Sydney Youth Orchestra's Youth Orchestral Camp Concert

Fri 14 Apr
1.30pm to 3.00pm
Chapel Theatre, 143 Church St, Glen Innes
The Sydney Youth Orchestra's Youth Orchestral Camp will see the Richard Gill Chamber Orchestra with new recruits from regional NSW perform a concert featuring a repertoire of Holst and Mozart. Book now.


Gravel Fondo Glen Innes Cyling Event

Sat 15 Apr
Starts 7.30am
Glen Innes Highlands
Gravel and MTB riders are invited to attend the annual goodnessgravel Gravel Fondo event, offering riders three loops, including 25km, 35km, or 75km. Tickets will stay open until the event day. More info & to book.

Celebrating 40 Years of Washpool National Park: Campfire Yarns

Sat 15 Apr
7.00pm to 8.00pm
Bellbird Campground, Washpool National Park
Join the NPWS Ranger around the campfire and learn about the history, culture and protection of the park. Then journey into the dark for a guided night walk, where you might spot glow worms, bioluminescent fungi and noctural animals. BYO camp chair and cup for a campfire yarn and a torch and binoculars for the night work. Boiled water, coffee, tea, milo, sugar and milk provided. Booking essential - phone (02) 6739 0700. 

Celebrating 40 Years of Washpool National Park: Walk & Talk

Sun 16 Apr
10.00am to 12.00pm
Coachwood Picnic Area, Washpool National Park
Meet the NPWS Ranger before setting off on the Coombadjha nature stroll. This 400m sealed track takes you through beautiful World Heritage rainforest to a viewing platform on the picturesque Coombadjha Creek. From here, you can return to the picnic area or continue on with the ranger for 1km along a more adventurous loop. Booking essential - phone (02) 6739 0700. 

Random Weave
Basketry Workshop

Sat 22 Apr
10.00am to 1.00pm
The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
Learn the simple techniques to transform natural fibres into utilitarian baskets or sculptural objects. In this class, students will complete a simple, beautiful basket made from Bangalow inflorescence under the guidance of Zimmi Forest. Book now. 

Make a 'Bangalow Box' Basket Workshop

Sat 22 Apr
2.00pm to 4.00pm
The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
This container pays respect to the Indigenous water-carrying baskets of the east coast. Transform a Bangalow palm sheath into a totally unique basket under the guidance of Zimmi Forest. The texture, colour and shapes of this material will delight you, in a workshop designed for both adults and children. Book now. 

Lisa Hunt in Concert

Sat 22 Apr
Doors open 7.00pm
Glen Innes Services Club, 120 Grey St, Glen Innes
Lisa Hunt is an American Byron Bay-based soul singer-songwriter who has had songs on numerous compilations around the globe and has sold more than a million records. She has performed with Zucchero Fornaciari, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis, Macy Gray, Tina Turner, Bryan May, Dolores O'Riordan and Alen Vitasović. Book now. 

Glen Innes Highlands Shop
Supporting Local Business
When it comes to homegrown and handmade, we've got you covered! Visit us at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre to browse our range of local goods, unique souvenirs, and gifts or shop online.

Did you know Glen Innes Highlands is one of Australia's oldest and largest honey-producing areas?

Black Garlic Honey

Pour it over a soft goats cheese and enjoy on a biscuit as a nibbly

Greatly favoured in the kitchen, Koala Black Garlic can be substituted for garlic. Try it and discover the sweetness and complexity it adds to your food as the autumn months lead us into heart-warming soups, curries and slow food.

From $16
Shop now!


Yellow Box Honey

 100% pure Australian honey from the Glen Innes Highlands region.

From $8
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